Do you have a desk job? Are you stiff and sore by 10:00 am after sitting at your desk for 2 hours? Do you feel that you need to stay at your desk until noon to be productive? Then you need to take 5 to consider these 5 tips that will keep you away from fatigue and stiffness during your work day and make you more productive.
- TAKE TIME for a MENTAL BREAK Baby boomers seem to measure productivity by the time spent at work without taking a break. Studies show that people who take breaks reduce their mental and physical fatigue and are therefore more productive. So don’t fear getting away from your desk for a minute. The break will help you refocus and make you more productive. Your body and your boss may thank you!
- TAKE a BREAK after 20 MINUTES After doing the same task for 20 minutes your focus and productivity tend to slow. After 20 minutes you are better off taking a break, going for a stretch, filing that report or sharpening that pencil. Just the act of doing something different will help you refocus mentally and prevent physical stress.
- TAKE a DRINK of WATER Our body is composed of 60% of water and our brains a whopping 73% of water. Ensuring that you drink water regularly will prevent dehydration and will allow your body to function optimally. Keeping well hydrated will ward off fatigue, muscle aches and pains and cramps, not to mention allowing your brain to process information and thought properly. So, at that 20 minute mark, head to the water cooler or stretch for that water bottle and take a break.
- TAKE TIME to STRETCH Our bodies are born to move . We now recognize that there are no bad postures but that sustained postures are bad. So get up and stretch. Your body will thank you.
- TAKE TIME to BREATHE Yes, breathe. Most all of us take breathing for granted. Just because breathing is automatic, involuntary and continuous, this does not mean that you should not ‘actively’ breathe during the day. Fatigue and stress can disrupt breathing so taking time to add a few deep breaths can reduce stress and improve your productivity.
Physiotherapists are movement specialists and can help keep you moving effectively and painfree. We can establish client specific exercise plans and teach proper breathing techniques. Call our office today if you would like to learn more.